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Photos of the Day: Aquatics Center Float Float Night

While the big kids were hosting homecoming last Friday night (handily beating Everett), the younger set bobbed in the pool at the Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center for Float Float Night. Root beer floats were on tap, tube floaters were in plentiful supply, and Muppets Most Wanted was the flick pick. Here are a few more…

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Gad Zucs! The Great Zucchini Races 2014 Video & Photo Gallery

The Great Zucchini Races returned to the downtown Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Saturday, September 20, for a sunny, fun day of ramp heats, campy commentary, and enthusiastic fanfare. Community members showed their creativity with tricked out zucchinis big, small, and huge. One illegal entry containing cucumber contraband—pickles to be precise—managed to pass muster(ard) and make…

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National Night Out

Stayed in on National Night Out? What You Missed (w/ Photo Gallery)

If you didn’t show up at Sakai Intermediate School Tuesday night, August 5, for the annual National Night Out police-community celebration organized by Officer Carla Sias, you missed out on a great deal. First there was the free food: hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Then there was the free music: lively guitar by…

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John Adams Lane

Secrets of Lives Lived on Bainbridge’s Soon-to-Be-Gone Government Way

Bainbridge’s Grow Community will soon be expanding east with Phase II, the Grove, and Phase III, the Park, encompassing the area of what is the now unoccupied and decommissioned former military housing on John Adams Lane, a.k.a Government Way, between Wyatt and Shepard. In the process, all the old homes will be destroyed and John…

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National Night Out: Free Fun & Food Tuesday

National Night Out is the evening of police-sponsored events across the country that promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhoods united against crime. This year’s NNO, the 31st national, happens Tuesday night, August 5, at Sakai Intermediate School. An estimated 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will…

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National Night Out

National Night Out August 5: BIPD Officer Carla Sias Gives a Preview

This post is part of our new collaboration with Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. BCB is a nonprofit, all-volunteer audio broadcasting organization under the umbrella of Sustainable Bainbridge. Currently they are creating podcasts about community news and events. Soon they hope to be streaming live on the Internet. In our partnership, IB will be sharing BCB podcasts with our readers,…

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Bainbridge Gets Plugged (Briefly) for July 4 Festivities on the Today Show

This morning, June 24, on the Today show on NBC in a segment called “Red, White & Where to?” Sweet Retreats host Rene Syler listed five recommendations across the country for ”affordable and patriotic 4th of July getaways.” Bainbridge Island was mentioned as a submenu item under #4, Seattle. Syler recommended the “really unique, patriotic, and…

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2013 Fireworks Injuries Report Just in Time to Rain on Your Parade

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has just released its 2013 report on fireworks-related injuries and fires throughout Washington. Last year, there were 314 incidents, including 239 injuries, with the majority occurring on July 4. The numbers represent a 4 percent reduction from 2012 and an ongoing downward trend since 2009. Of the 239 injuries, 51…

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National Marina Day

Don’t Miss Saturday’s Boater’s Fair: A Little Something for Everyone

If you have even the slightest interest in anything related to boating, the City of Bainbridge Island wants to reel you in this Saturday, June 14, with its Waterfront Park Boater’s Fair in honor of National Marina Day. The event is being organized by the City through Tami Allen who is the BIPD’s Harbormaster, the…

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Darren Smith with his daughter Meghan

Bainbridge Dad Turns Ironman to Raise Money to Fight Daughter’s Cancer

Darren and Lynn Smith had been living on Bainbridge Island with their baby Meghan for a little over a year when they heard the words every loving parent fears most: Your child has leukemia. The day 15-month-old Meghan was diagnosed, the family of three was instructed to go directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where Meghan…

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Parenting Author Laura Kastner Talks Thursday About Raising Successful Tweens & Teens

This Thursday, February 6, author and clinical psychologist Laura Kastner, PhD, speaks about raising teens and tweens in the latest part of the Raising Resilience series on successful parenting. This week’s talk follows last month’s Healthy Youth Summit. Presented by Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Youth Services, Kastner will discuss her new book Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials…

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Mom Playpark Etiquette: Four Don’ts and a Do

by Trish Bittman Social Media Marketing Guru * Writer * Blogger Don’t ignore the fact that your 11 year old is a bully. When you hear him calling the preschoolers names like “cry baby” and telling them to get out of his way while said bully is climbing on top of the play structures (that clearly…

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The Pumpkin Walk: My Favorite Fall Night on Bainbridge

One of the pleasures of being a parent on Bainbridge is having an “excuse” to go to the annual Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens, which this year is tonight and tomorrow, October 18-19, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s a simple formula. Islanders carve pumpkins and donate them for the event. And people come to…

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Madrona House

The Compre- hensive Care Senior Lifestyle: Coming Soon to Madrona House

Madrona House, the building that sits at the intersection of Madison and New Brooklyn, is multi-façaded, sporting different colors and textures, an appropriate design given its multifaceted mission of serving a wide range of seniors, from those needing some daily assistance to those requiring around-the-clock memory care. Twenty-one assisted living apartments provide seniors with 7…

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National Night Out 2013 Review and Photo Gallery

The Bainbridge Island Police Department, with help from generous donors and volunteers, put on quite a party last night, August 6, for National Night Out. Families out for free and free-wheeling fun wandered the sunny spacious grounds around Sakai School. They met Rusty the retired police dog, made giant bubbles, learned about police safety gear…

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Gay and Just Married on Bainbridge Island

Kendra DeAnne Field and Deanna Reace Bennett married on Saturday, July 20, in the company of 300 family members and friends at their Bainbridge Island home. Bennett and Field have been together 13 years and jumped for their marriage license as soon as same-sex couples gained the legal right to marry in Washington State last…

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July 3 Street Dance and BBQ

July 3rd Street Jam

Get your party on early at Bainbridge Island’s annual July 3rd Street Dance and Barbecue from 6 to 11 p.m. Bring your dancing feet, summer spirit, and appetite. Winslow Way will be closed to vehicle traffic between 3 and 11:30 p.m. to make way for revelers on foot. Tunes Live Music will start with Mike Sharp &…

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July 4th 2013 Schedule of Events

The Grand Old Fourth is just around the corner. This year marks Bainbridge Island’s 46th annual Independence Day festival. Make a day of it or pop in and out for your favorite highlights. Here’s a run down of the fun downtown: Traditional Pancake Breakfast| 7-11 a.m. | Town & Country parking lot Pound some pancakes to get…

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Ferncliff Village Affordable Living Community Shows Heart Is Where the Home Is

These days affordable doesn’t seem to apply to much of anything, especially when it comes to homes. Yes, real estate prices are lower, but for many of us so are our paychecks, if we’re lucky enough to get them at all. Enter Ferncliff Village, a housing community designed to be affordable—not cheap, mind you, but…

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Bainbridge kids library

Rocking the Summer Library Scene with the Kids

by Trish Bittman Summer is not my favorite season. I have three kids, limited funds, and I work from home, which means I am with them all day every day, just about. So I have to find ways to keep them all (ha!) happy and entertained without breaking the bank or losing my mind. Living…

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